good chemistry is complicated,
and a little bit messy -LW
I've used other forums either as a member or a guest. None of them comes close to the experience I get from this site.
Maybe I'm not an active member in those forums. But when you see more than a handful of 0 reply posts in a number of forum categories, you know something is amiss.
Here, I rarely see a post that's not responded to. Okay, maybe not all the responses are positive ones, but the fact is, every post gets the attention of some people. That's really good because you know someone out there has something to say about your particular problems.
I don't think it's a Perl thing, because there are other Perl forums but they just aren't like this one.
What is the secret? Here are my guesses:
1) the community aspect of this site
2) the fact that it's a focused (as opposed to diverse) community
3) the voting system
What are your opinions?
Update: I realised I missed out the most important element:
4) the people factor
Update2: Very enlightening and interesting comments! Thanks to all for the sharing :)